Monday, October 19, 2009

The history and the mystery

We were thinking recently that part of being inspired to science is having an inkling about the history of discovery. Not that ABC discovered XYZ in 1892 but knowing about the passionate lives behind the discoveries and the politics and pain of ideas battling for acceptance. One author that does this beautifully (for grown-ups) is David Bodanis. Hear him speak about his book E=mc2 here. Another writer that always throws in a smattering of animated history is Julie Rehmeyer. Here's one of her posts in her column MathTrek on

Can we find ways to bring the stories of scientific lives to kids?

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